Shrek (video game)

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Shrek
Shrek Coverart.png
Cover art for the Xbox
Developer(s) Digital Illusions CE
Publisher(s) TDK Mediactive
DreamWorks Interactive
Platform(s) Xbox
Nintendo GameCube
Release date(s) Xbox
NA 20011114November 14, 2001
GameCube
  • NA October 31, 2002
  • EU October 24, 2003
Genre(s) Platformer
Mode(s) Single-player
Distribution Optical disc
Nintendo optical disc

Shrek is a video game based on the first installment in the popular film franchise Shrek. Shrek is one of 22 launch titles that were available the day of the Xbox's launch on November 14, 2001.

A port of the game for the Nintendo GameCube, entitled Shrek Extra Large, was released on October 31, 2002 in North America[1] and in October 24, 2003 for the PAL region.

The game was also noted for being one of the first commercial titles to make use of deferred shading,[2][3] a feature which was relatively uncommon in games until the release of S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl and Grand Theft Auto IV.

Plot[edit]

Shrek is based on the first installment of the popular movie franchise Shrek. Shrek is delivered a message by the infamous Magic Mirror that the lovely Princess Fiona has been captured by an evil wizard, Merlin. Shrek must travel to Merlins Dark Tower Fortress of Pure Evil (...Wha ha ha ha!), but an impassable fog has been laid across the Fairy Tale Lands. The fog and Merlins Fortress, can be passed by the completion of Good Deeds. The Magic Mirror gives Shrek a Book of Good Deeds and offers to teleport him to places where Good Deeds are required.[4]

Gameplay[edit]

The player completes objectives ("Good Deeds"). In most objectives, the player hunts for an object and completes an action. Not many objectives vary from this, though a few will occasionally vary. Notably, Shrek's ally and best friend Donkey neither appears in the game, nor is mentioned.[4]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings (Xbox) 51.65%[5]
(GC) 33.89%[6]
Metacritic (Xbox) 49/100[7]
(GC) 36/100[8]
Review scores
Publication Score
AllGame 2/5 stars[9]
Electronic Gaming Monthly 3.33/10[10]
Game Informer (GC) 3/10[11]
(Xbox) 2/10[12]
GamePro 2.5/5 stars[13]
Game Revolution D+[14]
GameSpot 5.3/10[15]
GameSpy 48%[16]
IGN (Xbox) 5.6/10[17]
(GC) 3/10[18]
Nintendo Power 2.1/5[19]
Official Xbox Magazine 5.3/10[20]
X-Play 1/5 stars[21]
The Cincinnati Enquirer 3.5/5 stars[22]

Reviews of the game range from very mixed to negative. GameRankings and Metacritic gave it a score of 51.65% and 49 out of 100 for the Xbox version,[5][7] and 33.89% and 36 out of 100 for the GameCube version.[6][8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Shrek Extra Large - GameCube - IGN". IGN. Retrieved 8 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "History - Electric Sheep Games". Retrieved 14 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "Rich Geldreich's website". Retrieved 10 April 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Shrek Manuel
  5. ^ a b "Shrek for Xbox". GameRankings. Retrieved July 17, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "Shrek Extra Large for GameCube". GameRankings. Retrieved July 17, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b "Shrek for Xbox Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved July 17, 2014. 
  8. ^ a b "Shrek Extra Large for GameCube Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved July 17, 2014. 
  9. ^ Marriott, Scott Alan. "Shrek (Xbox) - Review". AllGame. Retrieved July 18, 2014. 
  10. ^ EGM staff (January 2002). "Shrek". Electronic Gaming Monthly (151): 230. 
  11. ^ Brogger, Kristian (January 2003). "Shrek: Extra Large". Game Informer (117): 102. Archived from the original on August 27, 2004. Retrieved July 17, 2014. 
  12. ^ Helgeson, Matt (January 2002). "Shrek". Game Informer (105): 86. Archived from the original on November 15, 2004. Retrieved July 17, 2014. 
  13. ^ Iron Monkey (November 15, 2001). "Shrek Review for Xbox on GamePro.com". GamePro. Archived from the original on February 8, 2005. Retrieved July 18, 2014. 
  14. ^ Baldric (December 10, 2001). "Shrek Review (Xbox)". Game Revolution. Retrieved July 18, 2014. 
  15. ^ Lopez, Miguel (November 15, 2001). "Shrek Review". GameSpot. Retrieved July 18, 2014. 
  16. ^ Padilla, Raymond (December 8, 2001). "Shrek (Xbox)". GameSpy. Archived from the original on February 17, 2005. Retrieved July 18, 2014. 
  17. ^ Lopez, Vincent (November 19, 2001). "Shrek (Xbox)". IGN. Retrieved July 18, 2014. 
  18. ^ Casamassina, Matt (November 12, 2002). "Shrek Extra Large". IGN. Retrieved July 18, 2014. 
  19. ^ "Shrek Extra Large". Nintendo Power 163: 218. December 2002. 
  20. ^ "Shrek". Official Xbox Magazine. January 2002. 
  21. ^ Miller, Skyler (December 9, 2002). "'Shrek Extra Large' (GCN) Review". X-Play. Archived from the original on December 19, 2002. Retrieved July 18, 2014. 
  22. ^ Saltzman, Marc (December 28, 2001). "Xbox launch lineup". The Cincinnati Enquirer. Archived from the original on March 6, 2008. Retrieved July 18, 2014. 

External links[edit]

Shrek at MobyGames